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Obituaries — 9-14-12

Lois England

MAIDEN — Lois England, age 81, of 2261 Maiden-Salem Road in Maiden, died on Wednesday, September 12, 2012.

Her funeral service will be 2 p.m. today at Marvin United Methodist Church with Rev. James Tate officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Mrs. England was born May 20, 1931 in Mitchell County, to the late Calvin and Vena Buchanan Wilcox.  In addition, she was also preceded in death by five brothers.  Mrs. England worked as an inspector for Hanes Sportswear.

She is survived by her husband, Clay England of the home; two sons, Wayne Eugene England and wife Lynda of Clover, S.C., and Barry Andrew England and wife Ellen of Charlotte; four sisters, Edith Grindstaff of Bakersville, Pearl Penland, Doris Welch, and Elizabeth Pate, all of Burnsville; three grandchildren, Michael England, Jennifer Anderson, and Jill Lingerfelt; and three great-grandchildren, Will Lingerfelt, Riley Anderson, and Cloe Lingerfelt.

Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC  28658, or to Marvin United Methodist Church, 2731 Startown Road, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the England family.


Monroe Thomas Sherrill

DENVER — Monroe Thomas Sherrill, of Denver went home to be with the Lord on September 12, 2012.

Son of the late Houston H. and Lottie Helton Sherrill, he was born on November 10, 1926 in Lincoln County. He spent his early years working on the family dairy farm and saw mill, but left at the age of 18 to serve his country in the Marine Corp. After his honorable discharge he returned to work on the family farm and worked there for over 17 years until the farm was sold.  He then went to work at various GM dealerships where he became a certified master mechanic. Considering that the area he lived in was “NASCAR” country, it was only natural that his ability as a mechanic lead to an interest in auto racing.  You would often find him at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday night working in the pit crew for local drivers. Over the years he liked going to NASCAR races and later on, watching it on television and pulling for his favorite Chevy to win.  He also used his mechanical skills to keep the buses going for the Beth Haven Baptist church bus ministry helping bring many children to and from church every Sunday.

His love of all things farm related stayed with him so he left the auto mechanic trade and began working on farm equipment.  By the time he retired he was well known in North and South  Carolina as an expert in farm equipment repair and was often called on by manufacturers to help solve problems.  He never officially retired because he frequently received calls from farmers asking for his advice.

During his “semi” retirement he got involved in antique tractor pulling. Usually on a Saturday you would find him competing with one of his big orange Allis Chalmers tractors and coming home with a first place trophy or two.

In addition to his serving his country as a Marine, he also served his community as a volunteer fire fighter and was one of the founding members of the Denver Volunteer Fire Department.

Mr. Sherrill was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Beverly Arrowood and his brother, Griffin M. Sherrill.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Christine Sigmon Sherrill; four daughters, Sandra Auton (Bud), Sheila Benfield (Gary), Tracy Painter (Ray), and Donna Henderson; seven grandchildren, Terry Auton, Zachary Arrowood, Wesley and Jordan Painter, Anthony Bourne and Nate and Anna Henderson; five great-grandchildren, Lucas and Benjamin Auton, Samuel and Sarah Painter, and Jace Bourne.

He is also survived by four sisters, Ruby Caldwell, Lois Beanand Dorothy Schronce all of Denver.

Funeral services will be held at the church at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Beth Haven Baptist Church in Denver. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 1 p.m. prior to the service.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Catawba Regional Hospice,  3975  Robinson Road, Newton NC 28658

Warlick Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Nettie Mae Ramseur Taylor

Nettie Mae Ramseur Taylor, 61, of Newton died September 9, 2012.

Memorial services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Maiden Chapel Baptist Church. The family will receive friends thirty minutes prior to the service.

Goodin-Drum Funeral Home, Maiden is serving the Taylor family.


Roger Dale Robinson

Roger Dale Robinson, 61, of Gastonia died September 12, 2012.

Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Gastonia is serving the Robinson family.


D. F. Wray Jr.

D. F. Wray Jr., 92, of Conover died September 11, 2012.

A funeral service will be today at 1 p.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel, Newton. Burial will follow in Providence Memorial Cemetery, Catawba. The family will receive friends today from 12 noon until 12:45 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.

Burke Mortuary, Newton is serving the Wray family.


Willard Timothy ‘Tim’ Bates

Willard Timothy “Tim” Bates, 65, of Gastonia died September 10, 2012.

A Celebration of Life Service will held at Sandy Plains Baptist Church, Gastonia today at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service in the church. A gathering of family and friends will be at Belmont Abbey for a private meditation after the Celebration of Life.

Carpenter’s Funeral Home, Cherryville is serving the Bates family.


Robert Lee Downey

Robert Lee Downey, 66, of Bessemer City died September 10, 2012.

Funeral services will be held in Greenwood Cemetery, Rison, Arkansas.

Carpenter’s Funeral Home, Cherryville is serving the Downey family.


Dorothy Fay ‘Dot’ McRorie Turner

Dorothy Fay “Dot” McRorie Turner, 77, of Bessemer City died September 11, 2012.

Visitation was held September 13, 2012 from 1:45 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. at Stamey~Cherryville Funeral Home. Funeral services were held September 13 at 3 p.m. at Stamey~Cherryville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Lincolnton.

Stamey~Cherryville Funeral Home is serving the Turner family.


William Alan Peck

William Alan Peck, 57, of Hickory died September 11, 2012.

A Memorial Service will be held September 16, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the Burke Mortuary Chapel, Newton. Burial will be at a later day at Catawba Memorial Park, Hickory. The family will receive friends September 16, 2012 from 2 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. at the funeral home, prior to the service.

Burke Mortuary, Newton is serving the Peck family.


Alfred Keith Littman

Alfred Keith Littman, 47, of Hickory died September 11, 2012.

Funeral services will be held September 17, 2012 at 3 p.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Gastonia. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Primitive Baptist Church cemetery.

Ebony & White’s Funeral Service is serving the Littman family.


Herman A. Nixon

Herman A. Nixon, 71, of Denver died September 13, 2012.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ebony & White’s Funeral Service.

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